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Reform of the Community Infrastructure Levy

By Katherine Evans In March we reported on the government’s consultation on the reform of the current system of developer contributions. The government’s response to the consultation, released at the end of October, confirms that change is on the horizon. The key themes of the consultation were centred around a desire to make the system simpler and more […]

Court of Appeal rules on ATM rates

By Şenay Nihat Since 2013, retailers have had to pay non-domestic rates (‘Business Rates’) for automated teller machines (ATMs) built into the front of stores, rather than treating the ATMs as part of the store’s overall rating for valuation purposes. The Business Rates bill for the ATM was backdated to 2010, hitting retailers with significant […]

Proposed ban on flammable cladding – An update

By Adrian Mansbridge Following Dame Hackitt’s Review of the Building Regulations and Fire Safety the government announced that it would consult on banning flammable cladding. The consultation closed on 14 August 2018 and the housing secretary announced at the Conservative Party Conference that the ban would be brought forward.

Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport improves contracting process for healthcare

By Frank John Vrolijk, Aurélie Mingels On 9 November 2018, the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS) informed the House of Representatives about the developments regarding the contracting process for care provision. The minister expresses his displeasure at the growth in the supply of non-contracted care in GGZ care and district nursing where this is […]

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Masons grabs Dibb Lupton Manchester's IT expert

Dibb Lupton Alsop’s Manchester IT solicitor Andrew Smith has been poached by Masons in Manchester along with his assistant Peter Budd. Smith, who was approached by headhunters for the job, was due to be made a partner at Dibbs next month and will become Masons seventh Manchester partner. He started his legal career in London […]

In brief: Takeover takes Stonehams into new field

The largest commercial law firm in Croydon – six-partner Stonehams – has taken over three-partner Croydon firm Peard Webster Pringle & John, which specialises in insolvency, personal injury and family law. Stonehams managing partner Russell Bell said: “The insolvency and personal injury work supplements the work we already do, and the family work will be […]

Abolish duty solicitor committees, says Edwards

LEADING criminal solicitor Tony Edwards has joined calls for a radical reform of the duty solicitor scheme following complaints from some practitioners that local committees are operating cartels across the country. According to Edwards, who sits on the Law Society’s criminal law committee and is senior partner of TV Edwards & Co, local duty solicitor […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 15/04/97

Robert Edward James Wilson, 40, admitted 1984, practised as Robert Wilson, Thetford, Norfolk. Wilson voluntarily removed his name from Roll in September 1996. Tribunal banned him from having his name restored to Roll without order of tribunal, and ordered to pay £1,037 costs. Allegations substantiated he withdrew client money and used client funds for purposes […]

Advocates' Immunity. The immunity system

It might be ridiculous to sue your school because you failed your A-levels, or your local hamburger store for not warning you that the coffee was hot, and some might rightly argue that plaintiffs and their lawyers have now reached limits of what is actionable. But there is one group of professionals, who until recently […]

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